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wd~50

50 Clinton St., New York, NY, 10002
nr. Rivington St.
212-477-2900

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6
Food: 6
Service: 6
Décor: 5
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Worst degustation ever

By Australiangourmet on 4/4/2013

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

An extremely disappointing evening. The restaurant lacks any ambience and is so brightly lit it felt and looked like an Ikea food hall. We had the 6 course degustation menu which lacked taste and imagination. Their supposedly famous 'Popcorn' soup could easily have been Campbell's sweet corn soup. It was served at room temperate and was totally bland. The preceding next courses did not improve at all and again lacked any taste. The only decent dish was by the pastry chef. The wait staff introduced each dish adequately however the maitre d' had attitude. Fortunately I was just dinning with a business contact, if you had been taking your special loved one it would have been an extremely unromantic and disappointing experience. For $155 per head this is an absolutely travesty and a rip off. Gordon Ramsey should feature wd~50 on his Kitchen Nightmare's TV show. Definitely should not be in the top 20 restaurants of New York.

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WD 50

By tmcnaught on 5/27/2012

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

Was excited about this restaurant; however ambience was dull, food ok nothing great like other places had eaten at in nyc; this was tolerable until we we served a half glass of wine and when questioned the answer was "umm /ahh..this is how we are trained". It is literally one half the size of a normal wine serving - this is not ver good Wd 50 for the customer experience. we were finished in 60min and left .

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103 out of 219 people found this review helpful.

Excellent

By srbraun on 12/11/2011

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

I loved my meal at WD50 and thought it was well worth the money. The flavor/texture combinations were vibrant, creative, and delicious. I had the eggs Benedict appi, which I enjoyed but not as much as the entree (lamb cooked sous vide then grilled with pistaschio "polenta" and a very interesting endive braise) and stunning dessert (the warm spice cake, the name of which totally does not do justice to this creation of coconut foam, tamarind ice cream, frozen corn kernals, and fresh coriander leaves). Just a fabulous procession of flavors in the mouth--you just have to try it to believe it. I ate at the bar, which was fine--service was great. And I thought the espresso was very good--not served with lemon, which is correct. Lemon is a US invention and is unnecessary if the espresso is good.

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130 out of 271 people found this review helpful.

Bland

By Samgria on 8/17/2011

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 4
  • No, I would not go back!

Food looked mildly interesting, but very bland. The pork neck tastes exactly like an Oscar Meyer hot dog. The spaetzle and collard greens were comPletely tasteless with unpleasant textures. All of our courses were equally bland and disappointing. Everything was room temperature, nothing hot or cold. Decor is unimpressive. The pictures here look much better than the place does in person. This does not belong with the elite ny resaurants.

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115 out of 244 people found this review helpful.

did not quite meet the high bar its sets for itself

By dorr on 6/2/2011

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

We came with high expectations for the food here with Wylie Dufresne at the forefront of modernist cuisine. Presentation of the food is spectacular, but the flavors of the dishes ultimately were disappointing. He is most known for his eggs benedict - love the cubed hollandaise and egg presentation, but in the end did it taste eggier, creamier, or more vibrant? not really, though again cool presentation. Foie gras app almost obsecenly sized (large). Watercress soup very nice. Shrimp spagetti very cool. For entrees: The sea bass was good some pieces too salty, cheddar cheese aftertaste of duck w/couscous was more weird than good, though duck was very well prepared. Halibut, monkfish, scallops nice. Disappointment for me were vegetables - across the board - from almost raw brussel sprouts, thin slices of radishes, asparagus heads, the nitro-flash were uneven in taste, only exception were the hen of the woods mushrooms - which were cooked in a broth and as delicious as they should be. Staff was nice and attentive. We knew this was going to be a pricey dinner but the lowest priced wine is over $60 (and there are only a few in that range) - most were over $120 - that's just not necessary - contrast that with Landmarc's reasonable selections. pH cocktail sweet and yummy - but quite light on the vodka. Desserts just didn't quite do it for us - and we tried 5. In the end, meat/fish/eggs all cooked to perfection - true, but I really wanted flavors to POP and they didn't.

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148 out of 288 people found this review helpful.

Not Surprising

By gregNYC on 11/13/2010

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 5
  • Yes, I would go back!

The Eggs were great, Pike was sent back, Sorbet creation was so unbelievably delicious we had to meet Alex and we did. That was the highlight of the evening.

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WHAT WAS THAT?!

By Bobo2 on 11/6/2010

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

I cannot think of a single redeeming thing about this restaurant. The decor looked like Denny's with the lights down low. We tried four appetizers and lackluster would be a generous way to describe them. It would have been slightly more interesting if the food had been served warm. Unclear whether it had been waiting for pick up at the kitchen for half an hour or if it had been retrieved from another table earlier in the evening and repurposed. Arctic char resembled grava lox. Perhaps the pork neck was unworthy of being served anything but room temperature. We could not get out of there fast enough. And, the service...the hour wait for our reserved table might have been worth it had the food been edible or the servers been pleasant, at a minimum. The server was so rude and dismissive, you kind of longed for Denny's. I would not consider returning and am surprised that any New Yorkers worth their salt contribute to this place remaining in business. I bet there are a dozen restaurants within 50 feet of the place which are stronger in all categories at a fraction of the cost. The one good part of the experience is the fun my friends and I had joking about how terrible it all was. Thankfully, a generous friend picked up the tab.

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WHAT WAS THAT?!

By Bobo2 on 11/6/2010

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

I cannot think of a single redeeming thing about this restaurant. The decor looked like Denny's with the lights down low. We tried four appetizers and lackluster would be a generous way to describe them. It would have been slightly more interesting if the food had been served warm. Unclear whether it had been waiting for pick up at the kitchen for half an hour or if it had been retrieved from another table earlier in the evening and repurposed. Arctic char resembled grava lox. Perhaps the pork neck was unworthy of being served anything but room temperature. We could not get out of there fast enough. And, the service...the hour wait for our reserved table might have been worth it had the food been edible or the servers been pleasant, at a minimum. The server was so rude and dismissive, you kind of longed for Denny's. I would not consider returning and am surprised that any New Yorkers worth their salt contribute to this place remaining in business. I bet there are a dozen restaurants within 50 feet of the place which are stronger in all categories at a fraction of the cost. The one good part of the experience is the fun my friends and I had joking about how terrible it all was. Thankfully, a generous friend picked up the tab.

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Let Down

By mrlithe on 9/20/2010

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 3
  • No, I would not go back!

I have wanted to go to this restaurant for several years but only got around to it this week. I hate to say it, but I was terribly disappointed. We got an enormous, dense hunk of foie gras that was nearly inedible, the deviled eggs (which I did like), a diner quality appetizer and then two blandly adequate entrees. Not what you'd expect from a highly regarded chef. I don't know if he hasn't stopped by his restaurant lately, but it seems to be coasting. They seem to be catering to the tour bus crowd at this point which might explain why the staff seemed so ambivalent toward the guests.

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181 out of 332 people found this review helpful.

Very Dissapointed: over priced, over hyped, terrible cocky service

By HaraPeko on 7/25/2010

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 2
  • No, I would not go back!

SO disappointed, I'm finding every public review board I can warn people before they drop major coin here. There's much better in NYC for less. It's molecular gastronomy (but not really): it's all hype, no substance. I only have 1500 characters to tell you how upset I am, so here goes. Food's not all that bad, but boring, for $155, plus $85 wine pairing/pp. The wines were obscure, but many were used for 2 courses, later I found they were cheap bottles too. Fine, but for a meal for 7 that costs $1,680 before drinks, tip, and 20% auto gratuity, you would think there service was spotless. But we had a rude, obnoxious server who would "cough" and tap my guests on their shoulders when he wanted full attention before giving his 2 second shpeel about how sustainable the crappy sashimi was. It might be guilt free, and morally better but it tasted like rubber and cut like slivers of fish bait from one of those party-boat fishing outfits. We were so disappointed b'cuz this was a very important, and highly anticipated dinner. Since we were hounded repeatedly and forced to choose a menu beforehand, I had to coordinate with our guests repeatedly, which kind of took the excitent out of hosting, and finding a special, surprise. They knew the menu and price even before they arrived in NY. Summary:The food was boring, cheap ingredients, horrible service with a rude, smart ass server. I want my money back. No comment card/ contact on website either, wonder why...

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